The Globe has a big story about the low quality of Big Dig construction and how this issue had been documented internally for years. Funny, for years the politician and media blovations about the Big Dig have focused almost completely on its ever-expanding cost, not its quality. Now when the walls spring leaks, the same folks suddenly have gotten religion about construction quality. How like a child, this behavior.
The most interesting story in today Globe is one about gay marriage (which I personally don’t care much to talk about). It’s a pretty long story without any occasion mentioned for it except that today is (apparently) 1 year after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gay marriage is a right implicit in the Massachusetts constitution.
Mary Bonauto, the civil rights director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (aka GLAD…how about that; not 1 but 2 ampersands in the title!) is quoted as saying that despite going 0-11 in state ballot measures in the November election “the worst thing to do right now is to stop the public conversation.”
In order to keep the conversation going:
“In August, GLAD filed another lawsuit, on behalf of seven gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to marry in Connecticut.For Mary and her like-minds apparently, a “public conversation” is conducted through litigation.
Other activists are also arguing the issue in the courts. Cases seeking marriage rights for gays and lesbians are still pending in New Jersey and California courts. In several states, advocates plan challenges to bans on same-sex marriage approved by voters on Election Day, though activists remain divided about whether those efforts might backfire, speeding passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment.”